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Council meets

SALYERSVILLE – The Salyersville City Council met in regular session on Monday, July 17, discussing upcoming events for Salyersville.
Community Day is slated for August 19 at Ramey Memorial Park and will be hosted by the Magoffin County Community Foundation, with numerous local nonprofit organizations participating to raise money for their causes. 
Mayor James “Pete” Shepherd said Heritage Days will be held Labor Day weekend, as it has been in the past. 
Councilman Tex Holbrook asked if they could get some portable toilets for the street dance, which Shepherd said would not be a problem. 
City Councilman Tommy Bailey asked if traffic could be diverted behind the Justice Center during the street dance, however, Shepherd said they had looked into that in the past and it wasn’t feasible because of the gate. 
Also talking about the street dance and the traffic issues it can cause, Councilman Paul Burchell asked if they could have it somewhere else. Shepherd said they had tried to do that, but downtown always brings out the bigger crowds and the most vendors.
Referring to the Fourth of July festivities, Mayor Shepherd publicly thanked Chris Adams with the Forestry Department for dozing up to the site where they set off the fireworks, Durwood, Mike and Bub Patrick for letting the city use the property, and the city workers for cleaning out the site. 
He also thanked the rescue squad and the police and fire departments for the work they did during the Fourth of July events. 
“This is the only year we’ve had complaints on traffic, but we’ll work through it and take into consideration,” Shepherd said.
In his mayor’s report, Shepherd welcomed Officer Mike Nickels back to the Salyersville Police Department and told the council that Officer Jeremiah Watson is moving to part-time. 
He announced that on Tuesday automated external defibrillators (AEDs) would be given to the volunteer fire departments, the rescue squad and the community center. 
Salyersville Fire Chief Paul Howard explained that Brandy Howard had made the arrangements to get the AEDs, as she already had for the county schools and the park. 
AEDs increase the chance of survival by 70 percent if used within three minutes of the onset of cardiac arrest. 
Also on Tuesday, the Magoffin County Health Department provided free Narcan kits to any members in the community who were willing to take a 10-minute course there. They also provided free HIV and Hepatitis C testing, as well as counseling. Narcan is used to reverse an opioid overdose, and when purchased, generally costs around $80. 
The next regularly-scheduled Salyersville City Council meeting is tentatively set for Monday, August 21 at 7 p.m. 



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